This course looks at the results of a recent report called Let There Be Daylight, the result of retrofitting daylight controls in New York City office buildings. Lighting is the largest electric end use of a building and New York City’s new lighting laws will drive massive retrofit activity in its commercial buildings. The course discusses the process and challenges of measuring and verifying lighting and shading controls, the energy and cost benefits of daylighting, deploying daylighting technologies and components, and the role of operations and building management in the success of such systems. Wrong ways to daylight a building such as over-glazing it, ignoring shading and glare control, and skipping automated controls are examined along with GSA’s Proving Ground data that looks at its own energy savings from lighting controls, along with case studies such as the New York Times Headquarters Building and the Time Warner Center retrofit, which reduced its lighting energy by 55 percent.
This course looks at how to create opportunities for material reuse on projects during construction of after natural disasters. The course discusses how to specify, re-certify and incorporate reclaimed materials into renovations or new construction (and how to plan for material storage and protection until needed) without negatively affecting the environmental, economic and social fabric of the existing community. The disasters in New Orleans and Greensburg, Kansas, are examined along with the types of materials that can be reused such as brick, masonry, access flooring, structural steel, reclaimed doors, carpet tile, gym flooring, light fixtures, and furniture.
This course looks at how to assess post-occupancy evaluation of buildings as it affects building performance. How can we verify green building claims? The course discusses the metrics and tools used in post-occupancy evaluations of thermal comfort, and air, acoustic, and visual quality. Use of the National Environmental Assessment Toolkit is proposed as an aid in helping to link building systems to environmental quality and in understanding what should be measured, how it should be measured, and how often it should be measured.
This course is organized as a three-act play that looks at hospitality, healthcare, and retail scenarios as a metaphor for collaboration and action. The course discusses the need for a whole new system of knowledge to enable us to make the best design and construction decisions. Product improvement, healthy buildings, and access to good data are explored in the quest to find the best solutions to meet sustainability targets and to make collaborative decisions faster and easier.
This course looks at the evolution of stormwater management and how it has shaped site development decision-making. The course discusses the emerging concept of veneer hydrology, a shallow horizontal waterflow management system that uses evapotranspiration instead of infiltration. Veneer hydrology entails placing thin layers of soil and vegetation in areas of the urban environment that don’t lend themselves to landscaping such as over utilities, buried structures, and subways. Key design parameters are outlined to bridge challenging landscapes with unstable soils and limited depth settings.
This course looks at how to finance and implement green school building retrofits by incorporating insights in student performance and health, and building energy efficiency to address school decision-maker concerns about costs. The course proposes the use of tools like the Green School Investment Guide to help incorporate the learning and environmental impact of green improvements into the overall cost-benefit analysis and examines models that successfully finance school improvements.
This course looks at how to extend your reach through strategic partnerships, thought leadership, or your own practice. The course discusses the advantages of large firms, such as their ability to invest strategically, diversify, be more profitable, and more able to attract talent. The course examines various award- winning projects that have the ability to change the way we live, the environmental impact of buildings, and how large firms with their greater amount of employees can generate more ideas, possibly some big ideas.
This course looks at the attributes of Green Ribbon Schools, such as their ability to reduce environmental impacts and costs, to improve the health and wellness of students and staff, and to provide effective environmental and sustainability education. The course discusses how to create synergies among curricula, architecture, and sustainability to enhance education and how to tap available resources to implement sustainable design curricula to create schools that are effective teaching tools.
This course looks at the infrastructure performance metrics critical to securing merit funding, impact capital, and stakeholder support. The course examines several business cases, offers tools to develop business cases, and provides ways to streamline project cost benefit analysis and risk assessment.
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